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The 2021 American Advertising Awards.

What seems like long ago, Austin Advertisers tumbled between back-to-back meetings, slipped into a time warp of podcasts and commuting, and often found themselves torn between two black holes: “The Next Big Ad” and “The Next Family Dinner.” Under-eyes heavy and hearts hopeful, Austin Advertisers all searched the galaxy for the same thing: Space to Create.

After eons of social separation and ample time to make our big ideas happen, we know this isn’t the kind of space we had in mind. Despite the darkness of this year, there are many ideas that could finally make the leap from our couch, to the screen, and into the world. And your inspiring ideas deserve a whole night of celebration.

Austin’s 2021 American Advertising Awards is about celebrating our creativity throughout isolation. It’s the lifeblood that sustained our hope when we got a little more space than we asked for. And if nothing else, it may be good to get off of the planet for a night.

Thank you for joining us for Austin’s 2021 American Advertising Awards. Congrats to all of the winners!



Juan Cruz Vassallo, Publicis Seattle

Juan is a bilingual conceptual copywriter who has worked at first-class advertising agencies such as Droga5, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA\Chiat\Day, DDB, 72andSunny and JWT. He is a strategic thinker who is as passionate about writing as he is about turning every brief into a new business solution, but also reshape culture.

With more than 15 years of experience in the field, and a strong background working for Hispanic audiences, Juan has worked on global campaigns in Argentina, LATAM and the US—winning every major industry award such as Cannes, D&AD, Clio, Andy Awards, NY Festivals and FIAP.

Throughout his career he worked for a diverse roster of clients including Adobe, Activision (Call of Duty), Google, Coors Light, Adidas, Converse, Verizon, Evian, McDonald’s, YMCA, Tide, Toyota, Michelin, and Domino’s only to name a few. He is currently a Creative Director at Publicis Seattle.

Napper Tandy, Freelance Creative Director

A celebrated creative, Napper Tandy has wended his way from copywriter to creative director across two decades of advertising. Tandy has sat at the helm of leadership and creative positions at storied and boutique agencies alike from Young and Rubicam and Saatchi & Saatchi, to David & Goliath and Leo Burnett, toggling between big-picture brand positioning and in-the-trench, creative dream-weaving. Most recently, Napper went “indoors” as the creative director for Toad&Co, helping the socially and environmentally conscious outdoor clothing brand find its voice.

Creative pinnacles include two Super Bowl commercials, two branded short films documenting racing in Mexico’s infamous Baja 1000 and New Zealand’s Taupo 1000 — both of which aired on the Speed Channel — several highly-acclaimed Toyota Tacoma campaigns, and the launch of the beloved Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Napper’s work has been recognized by a host of awards, most notably in book for D&AD, the Graphis Poster Annual, the IAAA’s, the ANDYs and was shortlisted for a Cannes Film Lion and Titanium Lion. The New York Times called Napper’s branded documentary Two Roads to Baja, “a unique marketing effort and a solution to the growing ability of viewers to avoid traditional commercials.”

Dino Spadavecchia, Freelance ECD

A recognized and highly awarded creative leader, Dino’s work has garnered numerous industry awards and accolades. He’s held creative and leadership positions at national and international agencies such as Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, Saatchi & Saatchi, David & Goliath, Armando Testa and Leo Burnett. He has worked on a variety of brands ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small independent brands, across General, Hispanic and International Markets.

He collects pop-culture ephemera, is obsessed with coffee and cooking, and loves driving vintage cars. He is a bilingual Hispanic American, holds degrees in Philosophy and Visual Communications, and has successfully made two children, one of each gender, albeit eight years apart.

Dino’s work has been recognized by various International Film Festivals, Cannes Lions, D&AD, FWA, Webby Awards, Clios, ADC Awards, Effie Awards, ANDY Awards, and others.


Scott Everett, PMG Digital

With over 15 years of experience in digital creative and strategy, Scott Everett leads the PMG Creative Studio as Senior Creative Director, overseeing  concept, design, and production of digital advertising and social content for PMG’s flagship brands. Over the last five years, Scott has actively built PMG’s creative practice, recruiting and coaching a dynamic team of stellar designers, writers, and producers who are experts in building breakthrough, award-winning campaigns. The team’s strategic approach to content creation has led him to work with some of the most iconic brands in the world, including TikTok, Beats, Old Navy, Apple, Gap, and Shinola.

Pepe Funegra, Mekanism

Pepe is an award-winning Creative Director with over 15 years of experience who’s worked in places like Boulder, Los Angeles, Chicago, Lima, San Juan, and New York at agencies such as Mother NY, 72andSunny and Droga5—always with highly successful results from a business and creative standpoint.

Pepe has created multichannel campaigns, immersive online and offline experiences, and innovative products for brands such as Stella Artois, Jell-O, Netflix, James Patterson, and Spotify all while winning Gold Lions at Cannes and Pencils at D&AD & One Show.


Jessica Terlizzi, DentsuMcGarryBowen
A New York native, Jessica is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and is currently an Associate Creative Director and 16-year veteran at DentsuMcGarryBowen.  During her tenure, she has worked on a range of accounts including Subway, Verizon, Central Park Conservancy, Marriott and American Express and has been part of the creative team responsible for winning new business across multiple disciplines.

Outside of her professional path, she loves to create any kind of work for social good.  In 2018, her March for Our Lives protest posters were featured in AdAge’s The Brief and has an ever-evolving satirical style guide based on a certain infamous American President. When she takes a step back from the keyboard and Wacom Pen, you can find her taking photos of her corgi she shares with her boyfriend in Astoria, Queens.

Guiga Cunha, DDB

Guiga Cunha is a Brazilian award-winning associate creative director with over 14 years of experience.
After spending 11 years as a creative in Rio De Janeiro, he decided to move to the U.S. where he has been working for iconic brands such as KitchenAid and Miller Lite.
His work has been recognized by national and international awards like Cannes Lions, D&Ad, One Show, LIA, El Ojo, and others.

Jean-Lou Renoux, Deutsch
Jean-Lou is a Los Angeles based Design Director with a decade of experience working for agencies and clients in France, Canada, and the United States.

Over the years, he has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry on a wide range of projects, from product design to branding and interactive experiences for small businesses, start-ups, and global brands.

Since graduating from design school in France, Jean-Lou went on to work for some of Canada’s biggest brands while at Tribal Worldwide and Normative in Toronto. Later, he built digital experiences and campaigns for Nike, Converse, and Jordan at R/GA New York.

He joined Deutsch in 2018 where he co-led design for Google to launch their new breakthrough online streaming service, Stadia.


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